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Meet your 2016 Allen County Junior Fair Royalty
Congratulations to the 2016 Junior Fair Royalty
Allen County Junior Fair King: Caleb Austin, Allen East
- Caleb is the son of Jeff and Kristi Austin. Caleb will be a senior this year at Allen East High School. He is a Northwest Conference Scholar Athlete and All Ohio Scholar Athlete. He enjoys sports and plays soccer, basketball and track. He is a senior at Allen East. In the summer he works as a lifeguard at Sun Valley Family Campground. Caleb has been involved in 4-H since he was a Cloverbud. He has taken a wide variety of non-livestock 4-H projects from woodworking to nutrition. He has always shown hogs throughout his 4-H years and even once showed goats. Caleb has been on Jr. Leaders and is currently on Jr. Fairboard. The highlight of every summer for Caleb is 4-H Camp where he now serves as a teen counselor. Caleb has enjoyed the opportunity to represent Allen County at The Ohio State Fair in many of his 4-H projects over the years. This year Caleb is also serving as Allen County Pork King. Caleb is the President of Harrod Lively 4-H Club and the vice-president of Mustang Country Connections. One day Caleb hopes to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps to be a Superintendent of the hog department at the Allen County Fair.
Allen County Junior Fair Queen: Gabrielle Livchak, Lima Senior
- Gabrielle is the daughter of Rob and Amy Livchak. She will be entering her senior year at Lima Senior High School. She has been involved with 4-H for nine years, taking home economics projects with a special interest in cooking. She previously held the position of president two years as part of Lima Lucky Clovers, and she currently holds the position of Treasurer of her current club, Luck of the Irish. Gabrielle has been a 4-H Camp Counselor for four years and has been on the Allen County Junior Fair Board for three years. Last year, she was the Junior Fair Board Treasurer and this year she is the Junior Fair Board Vice President. Gabrielle is involved with her school, as well as Teens for Christ Ministry. Gabrielle is involved with Teens for Christ by volunteering at Junior High chapters and on their ministry team. She has been the Key Club president for two years, and was the Junior DECA Class president this past year. She has been Captain of her swim team for three years, as well as a school record holder in the 100 Breaststroke. Gabrielle plans to join the Teens for Christ Youth Ministry Internship after high school, where she will be taking classes through Summit University and working with teens throughout the Lima area, as she loves to help her community.
Allen County Junior Fair Prince: Griffen Croft, Spencerville
- Griffen Croft is the son of Wes and Jodi Croft. Griffen will be a senior at Spencerville High School this fall. He has been a member of the Blue Ribbon Bearcats 4-H club for the past twelve years, where he has recently served as the club President. Griffen is also the Vice President of his local FFA chapter. In 4-H and FFA, he has shown swine, poultry, and market lambs. He has also taken public speaking and knots. Griffen is a member of the Allen County Junior Fair Board and is a 4-H Camp Counselor. He plays basketball and soccer at Spencerville. Outside of sports and 4-H, Griffen is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Lima Youth Leadership, and the Industrial Arts Club. He is a member of the South Side Christian Church Youth Group. In his time off, Griffen volunteers with the Tech Mentors Program, Meals of Hope, and has gone to the Dominican Republic with his Spanish club to help out at the local orphanages. After high school, he hopes to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in architecture.
Allen County Junior Fair Princess: Taylor Koenig, Spencerville
- Taylor Koenig is the daughter of Tom and Tami Koenig. Taylor is 18 years old and will be a freshman at The Ohio State University at Lima. She has been involved in 4-H for 10 years, has been a member of FFA for 4 years, a member of Junior Fair Board for 3 years and has received several awards. She has taken numerous projects including foods, health, self-determined, crop and shop, pet animals, vet science and livestock projects. Her school activities include the National Honor Society for 2 years, marching, concert, jazz, pep band, and served as the Band President and section leader her senior year. She also participated in the choir. She served as reporter for the Spencerville FFA for 2 years as well as Historian for 1 year, earning top honors for her officer books and has held several offices in her 4-H club, most recently serving as President for 4 years. Taylor enjoys volunteering at St. Rita’s Medical Center every week and has done so for the past 3 years with over 350 hours of work dedicated. Over the summer, Taylor likes to spend time out in the barn with her animals taking care of them and spending time with friends and family. She has raised market goats for ten years and enjoys raising her two Pygmy goats, Tom and Jerry, as well as her two steers for the fair.
2016 Junior Fair King and Queen Candidates
Bailey Croft, Spencerville
- Bailey Croft is the son of Wes and Jodi Croft. He is going to be a senior at Spencerville High School. He is on the Junior Fair Board and is also a 4-H Camp Counselor. He is the student advisor of his local FFA chapter and is a twelve year member of the Blue Ribbon Bearcats 4-H Club. Bailey has taken poultry, swine, goats and sheep livestock projects and many non-livestock projects to the fairover his 4-H and FFA career. He is a member of the South Side Christian Church Youth Group. Bailey is on his school’s varsity basketball and soccer teams. He is also a member of the Art Club, Industrial Arts Club, SADD, and National Honor Society. Bailey plans to study Ceramic Engineering after graduation. Bailey would like to thank all the past and present 4-H advisors and his FFA advisor, Dan Schmiesing, for all they have taught him through the years.
Griffin Newland, Allen East
- Griffin Newland is the son of Mike and Lisa Newland. Griffin has been in 4H for nine years; six showing rabbits and the past three years with market hogs. In addition to showing at the Allen Countyfair, Griffin participated in numerous open class rabbit shows across the state, winning Best of Show for youth at the 2012 OSRBA show. Griffin is very active in 4H; volunteering as a camp counselor for the past three years and is currently in his third term as a member of the Junior Fairboard. Griffin is a 2016 graduate of Allen East high school where he played baseball and golf. He works at Texas Roadhouse and in the summer he also works with his dad in ag research. Griffin enjoys his long-term project, restoring a 1963 Chevy C10 as well as a little golf in his spare time. This fall, Griffin will be attending Ohio Northern University majoring in mechanical engineering.
Keith Nielson, Spencerville
- Keith Nielsen is the son of Terry and Stephanie Nielsen. Keith has been a member of the Blue Ribbon Bearcats 4-H club for 7 years. He has held the positions of President, Vice President and recording secretary. Through 4-H, he has also taken many projects such as dogs, rabbits, woodworking, and art. Keith has also been a camp counselor for 4-H camp and is on the Junior FairBoard. On Junior Fair Board, he has served on the fundraising and worship committees. Keith’s favorite part about 4-H is the amount of people he gets to meet, the opportunities, and the memories he has with them. Keith attends Spencerville High School, where he actively participates in band and is a member of the varsity soccer team. In the future, Keith hopes to attend The Ohio State University to study Architecture and march in The Ohio State Marching Band.
Alexa Hawk, Allen East
- Alexa Hawk is the daughter of Jim and Kim Hawk. Alexa attends Allen East High School and will be graduating in 2018. She was accepted to The Ohio State University of Lima as a junior for post-secondary classes. Her goal is to become a pediatric oncologist focusing on research. Alexa maintains a 4.0 GPA. Her school activities include French Honors Society, French Club, Prom Committee, and an elementary reading tutoring program called Project More. She plays varsity volleyball for Allen East as well as for a club team during the winter. She is also a varsity cheerleader for the Allen East football and basketball teams. Alexa has been a member of the Lafayette Boys and Girls 4-H club since 2013. She was the club secretary in 2015. She began her 4-H career by showing market chickens and now shows market hogs and competes in showmanship. Alexa won the All Other Breeds Grand Champion last year. She has shown various pig breeds and will be showing a Crossbred and Hampshire this year. Alexa is very interested in increasing her 4-H involvement in the two remaining years she has left and is grateful for the opportunity.
Rachel Inskeep, Bath
- Rachel Inskeep is the daughter of Christian and Jennifer Inskeep. Rachel will be a senior this year at Bath High School. She plays flute for both the Bath band and the Lima Area Youth Orchestra. At her school, Rachel is a member of National Honor Society, Academic Team, Student Council, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also a member of St. Gerard’s Church in Lima, where she volunteers as a Sunday school teacher and participates in community service with the St. Gerard’s youth group. Rachel is a western Buckeye League Scholar Athlete and runs for Bath’s varsity Cross Country team. Rachel is a member of the Allen County Junior Fair Board, a 4-H camp counselor, and recently started her fourth year as the President of the High Achievers 4-H Club. In her nine years as a 4-H member, Rachel has had the opportunity to take a wide variety of non-livestock projects and participate in the Ohio State Fair almost every year. She has also taken poultry to the fair for the past three years and is very happy to have been awarded the title of 2016 Allen County Poultry Queen. In her free time, Rachel works at Aeropostale in the Lima Mall and as a waitress at Bob Evan’s. This year, she hopes to graduate from Bath High School with honors and continuing on to college to become a physician’s assistant.
Olivia Miller, Spencerville
- Olivia Miller is the daughter of Michael and Kerrie Miller. She is a senior at Spencerville High School. She is actively involved in band, choir, All School Musical, 4-H, FFA, SADD, Junior Fair Board and the church bell and vocal choirs. This past year she had the opportunity to participate and demonstrate her leadership skills in the Allen Lima Youth Leadership program, represented Spencerville High School at Buckeye Girls State and served as the Junior Class President at Spencerville. Several years ago, she was selected by People to People and traveled to Australia as a student ambassador. Olivia has also been awarded the Americanism Award by the Spencerville American Legion and has taken 1st place in the Spencerville VFW Voice of Democracy competition. Olivia is actively involved with the family farm. To name a few of her duties, she helps plant and harvest, haul grain, move equipment, and care for cattle. Spending time with her grandparents on the farm is a big plus. She also enjoys clerking for her dad’s auction company. Olivia has taken a diverse selection of FFA and 4-H projects over the last 9 years, but really enjoys working with her feeder calves. She completed all the levels of the Veterinarian Science projects and wants to be a veterinarian. She works at Amanda Animal Hospital gaining valuable hands on experience. Olivia hopes to attend the University of Findlay, majoring in Pre-Vet studies. She would like to complete her veterinarian degree at The Ohio State University.
Chassidy Oatman, Columbus Grove
- Chassidy Oatman is the daughter of Chuck and Heather Oatman. She is an upcoming senior at Columbus Grove High School. In school, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council; she has served on the 2016 Prom Planning Committee, and is the Co-President of the Leo Club. She also writes articles for the Bulldog Press, which is Columbus Grove’s school newspaper, is a member of the High Voltage Show Choir, and was in the cast of Columbus Grove’s 2016 musical “Bye-Bye Birdie”. Chassidy also throws shot-put and discus on the Columbus Grove’s track team. For college, she plans to major in public health and go on to become a physician’s assistant. Outside of school, she is a member of the Allen County Does and Kids 4-H Club and takes market goats to thefair. In her club, she has held the position of Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, and President. Chassidy is also a member of the Allen County Junior Fair Board and is a 4-H Camp Counselor. In 2015, she was a Goat Fun Show Judge for the Hardin County Fair. She also volunteers in the Lima Community Church of the Nazarene Nursery on a monthly basis and is a Vacation Bible School Crew Leader in Columbus Grove. Chassidy also works for the Lima Community Church of the Nazarene child care. Some of her achievements include being the 2015 HOBY Candidate, 2016 Buckeye Girls State Alternate, and placing sixth in the world with her Super Stock Soap Box Derby car in July of 2016.
Emily Orwick, Elida
- Emily Orwick is the daughter of Bob and Amy Orwick, and is a recent graduate of Elida High School where she placed in the top 15 % of her graduating class and was recognized with a school Service Award for completing over 100 hours of service work during her senior year. At Elida, she was actively involved in concert and marching band, swim team, yearbook, Good Vibes Junior Optimist, Junior Statesmen of America, and DECA. She placed at Ohio DECA District Fall Leadership Conference which qualified her to represent Elida High School at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference. As a high school senior, she participated in the College Credit plus Program taking college courses as a high school student, and was named to the Dean’s List at Rhodes State. She is actively involved in her parish community, volunteering as a first grade teacher for the Parish School of Religion and serving as a Eucharistic Minister, as well as a sponsor for the R.C.I.A. program. Emily has been a member of Luck of the Irish 4-H club since 2009, holding multiple club positions including Community Service Chair, Secretary, Vice President and President. She has had the privilege to represent Allen County six times at the Ohio State Fair. She’s also a 13 year alumni of Girl Scouts, which she has represented the last two years as a member of the Allen County Junior Fair Board. As a Girl Scout she worked to earn both the Bronze and Silver Awards, two of the highest awards girls can earn. She has also been a camp counselor for 4-H Camp for the last two years. Emily will be attending The Ohio State University- Lima this fall. Her plans are to major in psychology, with a minor in music.
Madison Staley, Allen East
- Madison Staley is the daughter of Randy and Amy Staley and is a senior at Allen East High School. She has been involved in 4-H for nine years, taking poultry for nine years and rabbits for three years, and was the 2015 Poultry Queen. She is also the Vice President of the Lafayette Boys and Girls 4-H Club. Madison is Secretary of the Allen County Junior Fair Board, of which she has been a member for three years, and is also a third-year camp counselor at 4-H Camp. She is Treasurer of the Allen East student council, was previously a junior class officer, and is now a senior class officer and Treasurer of the senior class. Madison has played soccer for most of her life and has been a varsity team captain for two years. She has also been involved in band for eight years, playing trumpet. Through band she has become a section leader, a member of choreography team, and a class council representative. Madison is looking forward to another exciting year at the Allen County Fair!